Coil design for air conditioning solutions
Trane has added a rugged microchannel aluminum coil construction to its HVAC units.
Packaged air conditioning solutions from Trane feature a rugged microchannel aluminum coil construction to increase reliability and sustainability. The more robust microchannel coil replaces copper and aluminum tube-and-fin condenser coils. The microchannel coils reduce refrigerant charge by as much as 50%, creating a healthier and greener environment. The designs also leverage reusable packaging in the manufacturing process to reduce landfill waste. Trane packaged air conditioning solutions featuring the microchannel coil include the Voyager II (12.5 to 25 tons), Voyager Commercial (27 to 50 tons), and the IntelliPak line (20 to 75 tons). Additional large rooftop platforms will follow later this year. The high-efficiency Voyager II is particularly useful in restaurant and large retail applications. The IntelliPak and Voyager Commercial are highly flexible rooftop solutions featuring multiple factory installed offerings that make them ideal for diverse applications, including malls, offices, manufacturing, healthcare, and primary/secondary education facilities.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.